Waterbird Count – 4 October

Last night’s cold front made for a really busy day today at the count. Redheads were flying in large flocks from the northwest to what appeared to be their destination near the north end of the bridge throughout the morning. Loons were also moving in high numbers today, again with the majority flying eastward. It was out best day for Red-throats so far this season, including one that flew by heading west no more than fifty yards out from the beach.

Redhead – 631
Aythya sp. – 155
White-winged Scoter – 1
Common Merganser – 21
Red-breasted Merganser – 1
Duck sp. – 470
Red-throated Loon – 10
Common Loon – 56
Loon sp. – 10
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 27
Ring-billed Gull – 10
Herring Gull – 5

Other species:
Turkey Vulture – 14
Bald Eagle – 3
American Crow – 5

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